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Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of facial flushing. People with rosacea may experience spots and persistent redness of their skin. Small blood vessels in the skin can become visible, and in the most severe cases the skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on and around the nose. There is no cure for rosacea, but a range of treatments is available that can help to control the symptoms of the condition.
Rosacea is a condition that most commonly affects fair-skinned people from northern Europe. Most experts believe that 2-5% of people are affected by the condition. Rosacea affects twice as many women as men. The symptoms usually begin between 30 and 50 years of age.
While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, several triggers have been identified that may make the symptoms worse in some people. These include:
- exposure to sunlight
- cold weather
- hot drinks
- eating certain foods
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Identifying and avoiding the triggers of rosacea can be a useful way of controlling the symptoms.
Flushing is usually the first sign of rosacea. Episodes of flushing can last up to five minutes, the flush can spread to your neck and chest, and you may experience an unpleasant feeling of heat. With rosacea, episodes of flushing are sometimes followed by episodes of persistent facial redness.
If you have rosacea, small spots, papules (round red bumps that rise from the skin), and pustules (pus-filled swellings) may develop on your face that are similar to teenage acne. However, unlike acne, your skin should remain free of blackheads.
Small blood vessels in the surface of your skin can become inflamed, producing the sort of blotchy skin that is often associated with hardened drinkers. Understandably, this can be very upsetting for people with rosacea because many people mistakenly assume that they are heavy consumers of alcohol.
We have a Consultant dermatologist available to offer diagnosis, support and treatment advice.
Facial red veins – can be treated using the Iridex I (KTP) laser this is quick and effective.
Facial redness and flushing can be tackled with the Cynosure Cynergy Laser with advanced multiplex technology.
A combination of glycolic peels and at home products will help control your condition. Glycolic acid removes the build up of excessive dead cells on the surface of the skin. We all have a microscopic demodex mite that lives off our dead skin cells. Many experts believe the mite can be a contributory factor in rosacea sufferers. Glycolic acid removes the build up of dead skin cells and therefore reduces the mite’s activity
Other symptoms that are associated with rosacea are listed below.
- Irritated and bloodshot eyes - the irritation can often lead to related eye conditions, such as blepharitis
- A burning, or stinging, sensation on your face
- Dry, rough skin
- Raised red patches, known as plaques, can appear on your skin
- Facial swelling